Nashville cab driver arrested on rape charges in NYC

Nashville cab driver arrested on rape charges in NYC (Image 1)
Nashville cab driver arrested on rape charges in NYC (Image 1)

NEW YORK CITY – A Nashville cab driver was arrested in New York City Tuesday on charges he raped a Franklin woman last November.

Joseph Newton, 46, was taken into custody after he arrived back in the United States on a flight from his home country of Ghana, Africa.

Investigators used DNA evidence taken from the 27-year-old victim to link Newton to the crime.

Police allege he raped the victim inside his Allied cab minivan near Hillsboro Road and Interstate 440 in the early morning hours of November 18, 2009.

Prior to leaving the country, Newton was interviewed by detectives and allowed a sample of his DNA to be taken.

Police said Newton denied any knowledge of the victim or a sexual assault.

Newton is currently being held in a New York City jail and will be returned to Nashville in the coming days.

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